As a new school year approaches, it is important to remember the role nutrition plays in assuring kids a successful school year. Proper nutrition is crucial for social, emotional and psychological development.
Nutrition and learning go hand in hand. Kids who are nutritionally fit are more likely to have the energy, stamina and self-esteem that enhance their ability to learn. Running out the door with thoughts of seeing old friends, participating in school sports and other school activities - as well as getting good grades - kids will not be paying much attention to the proper nutrition needed to accomplish all of this.
Parents can help ensure that their child is well-nourished and ready to learn by considering the following tips.
Start with a healthy breakfast. For children and teens, a morning meal is especially important to prepare them to meet the challenges of learning. Many studies have shown that those who eat a morning meal tend to perform better in school, score higher on tests, have higher school attendance, less tardiness, better concentration and muscle coordination. Kids who eat breakfast have fewer hunger-induced stomachaches and are less likely to be overweight.